Sustainability opportunities

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We’re working on opportunities for our community to lead more sustainable lives.  

To view each opportunity, click on the links above, or click Next below.

If you’ve got ideas of sustainable opportunities Council could offer the community, please get in touch with us.

Environment and Waste Minimisation Fund 

The Upper Hutt City Council Environment and Waste Minimisation Fund (formerly Zero Waste and Community Environment Fund) seeks to support practical sustainability initiatives related to environmental protection, waste minimisation, and community resilience.

The 2021 funding round has closed.  The next funding round will be open in March 2022. 

How to apply

Application forms will be available closer to the next funding round.

Who can apply:

  • Schools.
  • Early childhood education facilities.
  • Community gardens providers and charitable community organisations wishing to partner with existing community gardens providers.
  • Social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Applicants must operate within the Upper Hutt boundary.

The priorities for funding:

  • The extent the project will directly reduce waste to landfill or support initiatives for environmental protection.
  • The extent the project will indirectly reduce waste to landfill or support initiatives for environmental protection through the educational impact on the wider community.
  • The extent the project will build community resilience.
  • The project shows how success will be measured.
  • The likelihood of the project becoming self-sustaining.

Please remember that if you applied and received funding from previous rounds, you need to have completed an accountability form(PDF, 252KB)  to be considered for future funding.

If you have any queries, please contact Upper Hutt City Council (04) 527 2169 or email


Sustainability Stimulus Grant

In the 2021 Long Term Plan consultation, we asked the community if they would like us to adopt a Sustainability Stimulus Grant program of $100,000 per year for the first three years of the Long Term Plan as a trial.   

67.7% of respondents supported the grant.  As a result, Council have elected to proceed with the grant, which is designed to support initiatives that will reduce the city’s overall emissions profile, and aid in supporting our sustainability goals.

We’re working on putting together the policy, assessment criteria, and process for the grant at the moment, and we’re aiming to be open for applications in October 2021.  We'll update this page when we've got more information to share - watch this space!

Assess your home

Eco Design Advisor 

Get free advice to make your house warm, dry, healthy and more energy efficient.

What is it?

An Eco Design Advisor is an independent advisor that can visit your home and give you free advice on energy efficiency for new and existing homes.  During the two hour consultation, the following topics can be covered:

  • how to make your home warm and comfortable
  • heating options 
  • insulation options and advice
  • moisture and mould
  • how to fix draughts
  • ventilation and ventilation systems
  • hot water systems
  • windows and coverings

Please note: free assessments are only available when funding allows. 

How do I make an appointment?

The Eco Design Advisor is based in Lower Hutt at Hutt City Council.  If you would like to request an appointment, you can contact them on or 04 570 6666.



Developed by the New Zealand Green Building Council, HomeFit is an online check designed to improve your home to keep it warm, dry and safe.  Designed for home owners, renters and landlords, once you have answered some questions about your house, you'll receive an impartial report on how it could be improved.